Ninety-Six is a small community in the South Carolina backcountry. It began as an Indian trading post and, by the Revolutionary War, grew into a prosperous little village with neatly laid out houses. The inhabitants survived Indian attacks, disease brought by the British soldiers who were to protect them from the Indians, and the viral outbreak of the Revolution. Then, Ninety-Six became the most strategic location in the battle for Independence.
The British built a star shaped fort at Ninety-Six and held off the Patriots in the longest siege of the Revolutionary War.
The site is now a state park in South Carolina. When I was growing up, we visited often. It was much less formal then. One could still see the tunnels that the Patriots dug in order to breach the fortification. In later years, magnificent battle reenactments were held there. Now the tunnels are filled in and "battles" are considered dangerous to the star shaped mound. However, it is still a great place to visit and other types of reenactments are held.
You might be surprised to discover that the existence of the star-shaped mound is not what has fascinated me through the years, but the Cherokee Road. When one stands at the opening to that road, one is struck by the impact of humans though out time. At first glance, you might think it is a deep, dry creek bed. Long before the white man came to America, the thousands of feet that trod on it wore The Cherokee Road deep and wide. It led from the Cherokee towns in the mountains to the Coast. It is the path the white men followed inland and the path traders followed to establish trade with the Indians. The fact that I can stand there and look at it, amazes me.
When I began researching Ninety-Six, it was for background for a middle-grade book. It took very little time for me to be completely caught up in the history of Ninety-Six. The child's book was put on a back burner and I decided to write a novel about Ninety-Six. I was very surprised to see a trilogy emerging.
My sincere hope is that everyone will love it as much as I do!
Ninety Six: Forever and Always
On the eve of the most strategic battle of the Revolutionary War, three Patriot spies risk everything for their country and the love of one woman. The brave courier loves her country, but everything she does is for the people she loves.
Ninety Six: The Beginning
Two young men, a titled Englishman and a poor Irishman leave their homes for the adventure and opportunity in America. They become traders in the South Carolina back country. Through the danger and excitement, they forge a friendship to last a lifetime.
As the Revolutionary War peaks, the brave men and women of the South Carolina backcountry must begin their lives anew.